At a presentation about the visual technology behind the development of “Dead Rising 2,” the game’s character art lead, Izmeth Siddeek, said that the development team at Blue Castle games is preparing for players to encounter an unprecedented zombie horde. “’Dead Rising 2′ deal[s] with the rendering of the greatest number of characters ever seen in a video game,” he said. “Everything else needed to be subordinated to this requirement.”
His presentation focused on how software called Mental Mill enabled Blue Castle to efficiently render many characters in visually distinct ways. The software is helping the makers of this zombies-in-a-casino action game to present a large number of characters without losing graphical quality and without having to take shortcuts that would put the game’s zombies in a small number of outfits.
In a postscript to the presentation, Laura Scholl, product manager for Mental Mill, said that Siddeek said that the “Dead Rising 2″ development team is preparing to have as many as 6000 characters on the screen. Siddeek did not say whether that figure was accurate.